Celebrate the Blessings of Thanksgiving
The 31st Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Alafia Ministerial Alliance will be held at the Boyette Springs Church of God on 12114 Boyette Road in Riverview on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 PM. Our host will be the Rev. Chris Armstrong of Boyette Springs. Monseigneur Antonio Diez will be providing the Thanksgiving message.

Come and enjoy this ecumenical service of praise and thanks for the Lord’s blessings. Afterwards, enjoy the fellowship of others in our community. Bring a can of food or dried goods to the service—food that will be shared with the needy through the St. Anthony food pantry.

Christmas Trees Are Coming!
It’s that time of year again. Our Christmas trees have been ordered, and they will arrive sometime on Monday, November 24th or Tuesday, November 25th. The men will have a special workday on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00 AM until noon to set up the Christmas Tree Lot, test our equipment, and set out our signage in anticipation of the coming sale.

Then, we will need help with the unloading of the trees once they are delivered. Contact sheets will be located in Crichton Hall this Sunday, and all help will be appreciated once the trees do arrive.

Our goal is to open the lot for business on Wednesday, November 26th—the day before Thanksgiving. Our lot hours will be from 3:00 until 8:00 PM on weekdays; from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Saturdays; and, from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sundays.

Plans are being made to have pictures taken with Santa Claus on Saturday, December 6th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. The Care Committee will be selling chili, hotdogs and hamburgers at the lot during those hours, and there will be space available to sell Christmas crafts as well. Contact Mike Plett at 349-9000 for more information.

Journey Class Starting an Advent Study
The Journey Sunday school class will be starting an Advent Study, using the book “Under Wraps” by Jessica LeGrone and others. The study will begin on Sunday, November 23rd at 9:00 AM in Room 8. Everyone is welcome—even if you must come late or leave early. For more information, contact Connie Mosley.

RESTORE Christmas Toy Store
The annual Christmas Toy Store will be held in Crichton Hall during the week of December 15-19. During these five days, there will be no other activities scheduled in the hall, and the weekly Wednesday potluck will be cancelled.

Donations of toys are currently being accepted for the Toy Store, with a special need for gifts for teenage boys.
















Get Your RUMC Bumper Sticker
We have new attractive Riverview United Methodist Church bumper stickers. These stickers are freely available from the church office of in the foyer and vestibule of the sanctuary. There are also magnetic versions of the bumper sticker available. If you would like one, please increase your offering to the general fund by $5.00 (or whatever you can afford) to purchase one for your vehicle.

Register for the March Women’s Retreat
The Riverview United Methodist Women are planning to send a group to the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on March 20-22, 2015 in Fruitland Park, Florida. If you are interested in attending, you must notify Kim Floyd, the President of our church’s UMW chapter. We are trying to get our registrations in as early as possible, since this mid-March retreat fills up quickly.



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Bible Message of the Week
The Miracle on the Way to a Miracle

While Jesus was speaking to them, a ruler came and knelt in front of him, saying, “My daughter has just died. But come and place your hand on her, and she’ll live.” So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Then a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his clothes. She thought, if I only touch his robe I’ll be healed.

When Jesus turned and saw her, he said, “Be encouraged, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that time on.

When Jesus went into the ruler’s house, he saw the flute players and the distressed crowd. He said, “Go away, because the little girl isn’t dead but is asleep”; but they laughed at him. After he had sent the crowd away, Jesus went in and touched her hand, and the little girl rose up. News about this spread throughout that whole region.

Matthew 9:18-25 (CEB)
Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 22
Special Church Workday.  Christmas Tree Lot, 9:00 AM—Noon.

Sunday, November 23
Journey Advent Study “Under Wraps”. Room 8, 9:00 AM.
Thanksgiving Service. Sanctuary, 10 AM.

Wednesday, November 26
Christmas Tree Lot Opens. Christmas Tree Lot, 3:00-6:00 PM.
Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service.  Boyette Springs Church of God, 12114 Boyette Rd, Riverview, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, November 29
Hanging of the Greens Service.  Sanctuary 6 PM.

Sunday, November 30
First Sunday of Advent. Sanctuary, 
10 AM.

Tuesday, December 2
Giving Tuesday.  All day at the 
www.umcmission.org/give website.

Sunday, December 7
Christmas Cantata.  Sanctuary, 10 AM.

December 15-19
RESTORE's Christmas Toy Store.  Crichton Hall.

Sunday, December 21
Christmas Service.  Sanctuary, 10 AM.

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Service.  Sanctuary, 7 PM and 11 PM.

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Download the December, 2014 BELL Newsletter from this link.

View more pictures of our 2014 Pumpkin Patch on this webpage.
Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with the Harvest Festival

The organizers want to thank everyone who helped with the Harvest Festival. It was gratifying to see so many in our congregation help with setup, coordination, and tear down, as well as supporting the RUMC booth or providing booths on their own. The effort raised over $1500 for our church mission apportionments, and brought over 55 vendors and crafters and hundreds of visitors to our church campus. More importantly, it showed once again how RUMC can be a vital force in the Riverview community.

We have heard from many who are interested in doing it again and better next year. If you have a suggestion for improvement, comment, or even a complaint, contact us at rumcfallfestival@gmail.com. And be sure to come back to this website in the near future for pictures of the festival.